Ghidorah Double IPA - Beer Camp #29 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial IPA) | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ghidorah Double IPA - Beer Camp #29 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial IPA)Ghidorah Double IPA - Beer Camp #29 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial IPA)

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Slatetank on 09-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 98
Photo of prototypic
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ghidorah (Beer Camp #29) is a light gold color. Looks slightly hazy, and a bit yellow when held to light. Not looking like much caramel malt is in the mix. A vanilla colored head tops it and stands about a finger tall. It recedes slowly, and leaves a thick, sticky web of lace in its wake. Looks good!

The nose is very good. Classic Sierra Nevada. It’s very heavy on citric hops. Grapefruit, orange and mango notes are all strong. Pine is not quite as strong, but is definitely noted. The base seems like a mix of caramel and pale malts. Caramel isn’t all that strong. Smells a little sweet, but far from offensive. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t come through too strong.

The flavor is impressive. The malt base is definitely light on caramel. I like that. There’s a candy-like, sugary sweet flavor to it, but it’s definitely not caramel or toffee. The hop bill is primarily citric. Grapefruit and orange flavors are most notable. It’s bitter, and seems to grow more bitter and dry with each passing sip. Alcohol is there, but isn’t warm or hot. It might be a tad strong in flavor for roughly 8%. Finishes hoppy, bitter, and dry.

Ghidorah has a medium body that’s quite smooth. Carbonation is dialed down nicely. This stuff honestly goes down really easy for a sizeable beer. I’ll stick with a single bottle tonight, but I wouldn’t mind another honestly.

It seems like Sierra Nevada’s roster features a litany of hoppy IPAs. They’re all pretty good, too. Unfortunately, I wasn’t enthralled with Hoptimum, their first bottled DIPA release (that I recall). To put it simply, Ghidorah is far superior to Hoptimum. It does not feature the overly sweet, boozy flavor that Hoptimum did. Ghidorah is much more refined, and is more consistent with what I consider a quality DIPA – an unbalanced, hoppy treat. I’m really pleased they included it in the Beer Camp mix pack.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle for Beer Camp mixer pack). Pours golden with lots of small yeast sedimentation in suspension. White head with some lacing developing. Nice carbonation. Aroma has dank hops, grass, citrus and biscuit. Taste has a sweet malt backbone that gives way to a sharp hop bitterness. The hops are brighter than I expected and I appreciate that. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Bitter finish. Not bad at all.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from the Charleston Beer Exchange

A - Golden amber in color, very clear. Pours a 1.5" off white head, nice lacing left behind on tulip glass

S - Grassy hops, semi sweet/malty. Pretty simple.

T - Hoppy (piney/grassy) but not much other flavoring (other than a hint of sweetness from the malt), pleasant bite at the end

M - Pretty light bodied, good carbonation

O - Could drink a ton of these, 8.5% is suprising - very good session beer with a nice bite at the end

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Photo of Neffbeer
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Portsmouth tulip.  

A: It pours a light golden color with great clarity.  The head is two fingers high, super thick, and displays excellent retention.  After it slowly recedes it leaves behind a bunch of sticky lacing coating the glass. 

S: The nose is full of yummy hops, grapefruit, orange rind, bubble gum and funky ass pine cones. Amazingly I can detect the malt through the wall of hops. There are aromas of caramel and lightly toasted malt subtly peeking out.

T: The flavors begin with an assertive hop presence that has a serious fruity, jammy backbone. Grapefruit, orange, peach, and a nice bitter pine cone finish. Somehow the malt is not lost in the bitter bomb with notes of caramel and toasted malt. It finishes dry with a hint of the booze and very bitter.

M: It has a vuluptuos body and smooth carbonation.

O: I can't find too many things that I don't like in this beer. It doesn't blow memoir of the water, but I would buy some more singles without a second thought.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sierra nevada beer camp 29 is a double IPA. The taste is typical of the style except for a very bitter and metallic aftertaste.

A: Orange colour with a 1 cm head that fades to good lacing. 4

S: Nice and hoppy. They are more of a piney hop than a citrussy hop. 4

T: Hoppy up front with some maltiness and hints of citrus.
The aftertaste is reasonably bitter with a metallic edge.

M: Thick and foamy. 4.5

O: The aftertaste is too bitter. 3.5

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to oversized nonic. Served cold.

A: Aggressively poured, this beer produced an awesome rocky off-white head with tons of serious sticky head lacing. Semi-clear orange/golden straw color.

S: Awesome pine/fresh pine needle aroma, backed with serious malt/malt sweetness, pine sap and resin.

T: Pine-forward, with lots of drying bitterness. Pretty resinous. Malt backbone is ok. The sweetness can't compete with the dying bitterness here.

MF: Isn't incredible but pretty good for the style. Medium to full bodied, pretty decent carbonation still, pretty dry on the finish.

O: Good, liked it a lot. Not a great beer, too one dimensional with the pine and malt, but still an enjoyable Double IPA.

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Photo of Gmann
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a honey straw color with a short lived tight bubbled head that settled into a light ring. Haven't seen an IPA this light in a while, not necessarily a bad thing.

The aroma is citrusy and peppery. Solid grapefruit notes, as well as some floral aspects. The aroma is not super strong but its enjoyable.

The taste is where the hops come to play. The hop profile takes on more of a piney note with resiny bitterness. There is still some grapefruit but it is more grapefruit rind. Some hints of tropical fruit. The malt is lightly bready and sweet and is clearly in a supporting function for the hops.

Moderate body with prickly carbonation. Quite bitter throughout. Some sweetness to keep it palatable. There is a bit of a dry aspirin bitterness in the finish.

A flavorful palate wrecking type of DIPA. Enjoyable but the bitterness lingers a little too long in the finish for my liking.

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Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased at Charleston Beer Exchange.

A - Golden with good clarity and a big, off-white head. Good lacing. Very inviting.

S - Piney and floral with a hint of toast.

T - Rich flavor with lots of hop oils, a citrusy bitterness and a slight alcohol burn. This one really comes at you from all angles but without overwhelming your taste buds.

M - Silky and almost oily with a moderate carbonation of very fine bubbles.

D - A bit rich for me (maybe because I've put the IPAs aside lately while on a Belgian kick) but very flavorful and extremely well done.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

No freshness dating

A= Pours a nice bright orange color with a thick two finger slightly off white head on it. The head has solid retention and lacing. Not bad looking by any means.

S= Smells pretty pungent. It has a nice fruity lemony sort of hop smell to it. I don't get much of a malt background to it. The malt profile reminds me of torpedo actually. The hops are quite unique in that they are almost exclusivly lemoney in odor.

T= The taste is excellent again with lemon peel hops in the flavor. Nice resinous lemon peel. The malt backbone does come through more than it does in torpedo making it a little more complex in my opinion.

M= Pretty average could maybe use a little less carbonation.

O= Wish I could buy this without having to get the whole pack. So far this is number two from the pack I've had and I've loved both of them however. I wish I could buy a six pack though. Worth checking out.

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Photo of zimm421
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Appears a golden color with reddish hues and a nice, bubbly, off-white head. Gave this a fairly aggressive pour, but not overly aggressive. Head sticks around for a while and leaves some average lacing.

Smells of piney hops, as well as some slight citrus notes in the background. Not a lot of malt scents come through, and the nose is definitely more subdued that I expected. The taste is all bitter all the way, except for a slight caramel sweetness in the middle of each sip. Good piney and citrus flavors here as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus. There is a creamy feeling right at the end, and finishes very dry. Overall, this is a nice, drinkable DIPA, classic Sierra Nevada. A good hopbomb, but didn't completely knock my socks off.

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Photo of Natural510
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle; part of the Summer Camp 12-pack.

Pours a medium gold with generous swath of chunky, bone-white head.

Perfume of very floral and grapefruit-citric notes.

The flavor is a lightly herbal hop which morphs into a searingly pine bitterness toward the end. Grapefruit and floral notes creep their way through the bludgeoning bitterness to add some depth. Very dry and puckering finish.

Many will argue the mouthfeel and overall heavy-handedness of the hop kick is exactly what a Double-IPA should be. It's certainly not the malt-forward IPA many American brewers are making these days. If you're seeking a balanced DIPA (and why would you?), look elsewhere.
I liked it!

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Nice lacing and a thin white head. Nice almost pilsner color. Good lookin beer.

Aroma could use a boost but it smells good. Nice citric hops.

Taste is pretty damn good. A little too sweet for my liking but still awesome. Nice hop bite and good citrus hop taste.

Mouthfeel is a little maltier than I like but good. It works.

Overall a damn tasty beer. Glad I finally got one of these packs even though the east coast got it 2 weeks before me when I live 6 hours away.

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Photo of BB1313
3.26/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Beer Camp pack, bottle reads 8.5% abv. Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a beautiful hazy golden color, slightly burnt. Nice white head and bubbles that stick around; sticky lacing. The aromas aren't really in your face, pretty faint. I'm picking up a good amount of pine, not much fruit going. The flavors are diminished by pure bitterness. There are hints of pine and lemon, but the bitterness is harsh. There's also a nice woodsiness to it. Seems like there could be a minor english influence on it. Mouthfeel is nice, smooth and slightly creamy, nice amount of carbonation.

Overall, this definitely has that Sierra Nevada stamp on it. It's just not exactly what I want in a DIPA. It's completely one dimensional, not too complex.. I just expected more. But I know this one should be enjoyable to others. I enjoyed it more the first time I tried it, but this time I had a clean palate, and it didn't do the trick.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from the 'Best of Beer Camp' mixpack. #29

Pours into my Jester King snifter with a slightly yeasty, honey-golden body. A frothy head of lacy white bubbles clings to the edges of the glass. Aroma is herbal and floral with a touch of citrus. Hops throw out clover, onion, grapefruit rind, and pear, while the malts add a sturdy balance of pale malt. Expecting a bigger bouquet for the style, but it still works well enough.

The flavor, unfortunately, does not. Up front is a hint of sweetness and peppery hops, but the palate gets slammed mid-sip by an overly bitter, baby-aspirin-like wave of IBU's. Medicinal and dry, with little hop flavor to balance the unabashed onslaught. A few redeeming qualities include the pine and caramel notes that work their way in occasionally, but this IIPA is far too acridly harsh for my liking. Mouthfeel suffers as a result, and it could use a bigger body with less carbonation. All in all, a big miss from the normally solid Sierra Nevada lineup. The worst of the 'Beer Camp' by a mile...

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from the 2011 BOBC mix pack served in a snifter.

L - clear deep yellow color with a white head that thinned out but left a thin sheet of lacing.

S - citrus rind hop aroma.

T - good balance of malt and hops finishing somewhat dry and bitter.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

O - this is pretty much what I would expect from SN, it makes me think this is what a Imperial Celebration would taste like and I liked it.

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Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Starr Hill glass. It poured a light amber color with a thick and rocky head filling the top inch of the glass. The head faded but left a sticky white lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a very nice, bright hoppiness to it. Bitter grapefruit as well as good dose of pine comes out as the most noticeable flavors. i get a bit of a fruity, mango and peach citrus to the hoppiness as well. Very nice hoppy aroma overall.

The taste starts out with some juicy, citrusy hoppiness coming out along wit hsome sweeter, malt flavors. Midway it starts to turn more bitter wit the pine and grapefruit taking over by the finish. I little bit of sweet malt comes out in the finish as well, but the hops are the real draw. Pretty nice hoppy flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty solid IPA. The hoppiness was nicely done. it definitely leans towards the bitter grapefruit and pine side of hop flavors, but those were nicely done. Solid beer overall.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fair DIPA, starts a bit confusingly but ultimately provides a good sense of a brew.

Presentation: 12 oz. brown capped bottle. Sierra Nevada´s Beer Camp branding with a recognizable if disconnected Sierra seal on the neck label, and the more contemporary and whimsical motive of the camp and quirky machines from the Camp identity in the main label, here in a green range. Notes Camp #29, year 2011, and 8.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear deep gold pour, with a good 1" frothy head, fair retention, lacing and surface memory.

S - Herbal hoppy whiff, tiny skunky whiff that luckily fades quickly and lets the herbal resin give it some depth.

T - Good hoppy range with a nice sense of malt, Sierra touch in the finish… Quite herbal, resinous, assertive in the finish with a citric touch.

M - Medium body and carbonation, some unpolished bitterness that lingers nicely with a sticky sense.

O - It finishes as a good DIPA but something in the way it flows as a whole does not make it reach the next level for me.

Notes: A bit ambivalent after having had a couple of these on different days… The first offered an unusual skunky whiff, gone quickly, whereas the second one had a distinct herbal finish. Ultimately it came together on both occasions but it does not look like a brew that should dent a memory.

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Photo of atowle25
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant golden color with a big fluffy white head which sticks around until the glass is empty. My glass is covered with lacing all the way down...really nice looking beer. Strong pine aroma with a touch of floral smell as well. Taste is huge amounts of pine with a very bitter finish. A little bit of grape fruit maybe? It doesn't get much more hop forward than this...reminds me a bit of Ruination. Still, I like it. Got this in the SN beer camp mix pack, which has been a pleasant surprise and I highly recommend. Really solid DIPA consistent with the West Coast style of hops, hops and more hops.

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Photo of zoolzoo
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing for bottle serving, "Best of Beer Camp" 12 pack.

I remember this beer being a fruit forward IPA on tap. It comes off differently this time around, from a bottle.

The nose is danky and weedish, with grapefruit rind and pine sap...very resinous. Taste is similar, strong pine forward flavors, tons of bite. Fruit does play a part but its alot of rind and spice. A notable alcohol note develops as the glass warms.

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden amber with a thin creamy cap of foam. Nose hits you with pure hops, pine and citrus pith along with a subtle honeyed maltiness. The taste is a straight bitter hop bomb. Straightforward tastes of pure forest along with slight citrus notes round by spicy malty sweetness. This is doesnt joke around and is a truly hop forward bitter beer. Not much in the way of complexity but a nice dipa.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours an amber yellow with a 1/2" white head that reduces to a soapy film. Nice retention as the beer is swirled.

Has a wonderfully hoppy aroma, plenty of pine, grapefruit pith, and touches of honey malt and pleasant floral notes.

Bitter hop bomb, this begins awesome! Evergreen goodness starts, melding into a sweet malt before ending with plenty of white grapefruit.

Has a bit of a buttery feel before ending dry.

Classic DIPA, full of hops and little else. If you like a spicy bitter hop beer, pull and pour one of these.

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Photo of Dan3279
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the 12oz bottle into a snifter glass to find a clear golden body with a white one inch head. There was also a sticky lacing left around the glass. The aroma was dominated by the citrus hops with hints of pine. The taste was great, dominated by the grapefruit hops upfront, the bitterness mellows out and leads to some hints of sweetness. There is a medium size body with a great balance of carbination and alochol. I have heard how great this beer was on draft and glad I was able to try it in the summer camp pack.

Overall this is a great double ipa and I hope that I can track down a few singles to enjoy over the next couple weeks. I hope in the future this goes into a regular rotation becuase I would love to get this in a 6 pack!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep copper hue with a light off white beige khaki head, forms thick and rises well above the rim of my glass like a doughnut floating on the foam. Fine chunks of scattered lacing are left on the sides of the glass. The nose is dank, with herbaceous earthy pine citrus notes it's explosive in the hop aroma thus far, with minimal malts peaking through. A bit of tropical fruit and bready biscuit maltiness arising from beneath the hop aromas. Flavors are harsh excessive bitterness like brushing your teeth with hop toothpaste, yeah the actually make it. Rolling bitterness goes on and on until the bone dry super bitter finish, before the malts wash away there's a nice layer of tropical fruit flavor and biscuit/bready malts balancing things out with a kiss of well hidden alcohol. Mouthfeel is resinous a medium bodied heavy hittnig DIPA from Sierra Nevada you really won't taste your next beer this one is abusive on the palate. Excessive drying bitter hops left behind on the palate. Overall quality West Coast DIPA, a nice overall experience I wish I was able to find more beers this fresh in a sampler pack in my local area of Wintersville, OH. Thank God for Valley Wine cellar or I would have never tried this stellar 12 pack for 19 bucks.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden-orange color with a medium-large white head that goes down slowly. Scent is WONDERFUL with that signature SN hop aroma, but this is just intensified so much in this beer. A lot of citrus and pine as well. Taste is initially light malt, but immediately followed by hop resin and bitter piney flavors. A bit of booziness as well, which is never a bad thing in a nice DIPA. The citrus grapefruit is predominant in the fruit profile. Finishes with some lovely bittering hops. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and crisp. Not very sticky whatsoever IMO. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is a very solid DIPA that I would purchase regularly if offered in 6-packs.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second time having this. I had it when it was draft only now in the mixed beer camp pack.

A: The beer screams DIPA. Clear golden body? Check. Finger and a half of white lacing? Check? Insane lacing? Check. The lacing was some of the finest I have ever seen. Almost looked like a Belgian IPA.

S: The nose is not as good as the draft version I had. It was punch full of citrus and pine. There is a weird charcoal like element to the aroma which I am not a fan of. The chico yeast is there and there is no doubt about the whole cone hops.

T: Better than the nose. Lots of hops. Lots. More citrus with orange leading the way. Different than the draft version for sure or is it that the draft version matched up with the hop harvest? Still a damn fine double IPA.

M: Spot on. Just drinking this beer you know it is a SN. Mouthfeel is almost just like a torpedo.

O: It is a SN IPA need I say more? They just make some of the most drinkable IPAs out there. While not as good as the original draft batch this is a great beer they should make year round. Overall the beer camp beers have been nothing short of a huge success for them.

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Ghidorah Double IPA - Beer Camp #29 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial IPA) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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